Allergen management has gradually become a topic of general concern in the food industry. Whether it is a food production enterprise or the catering industry, various food allergies are showing an increasing trend globally. Studies have shown that the proportion of allergens in the adult population is about 1% (from NHWIC). About 30,000 people in the United States need emergency treatment every year because of food allergies, 2,000 people need to be hospitalized, and 150 die from food allergies (from the FDA Official website). For food companies, the occurrence of food allergy events will have an inestimable impact on the brand, and good allergy management is essential for food companies.
NSF allergen management certification is a project based on the allergen management regulations of the United States and the European Union. It covers all aspects of product development and design, procurement, production, transportation, packaging and sales. It aims to help food companies control allergens and reduce or prevent allergens incident happened. NSF allergen management certificateon requirements are very strict, which can ensure the allergen in the product formula is identified and controlled, and control measures have been taken to prevent cross-contamination of allergens. NSF verifies compliance with these requirements through records audits, independent tests, and third-party on-site audits to ensure compliance with all steps in the product manufacturing process.
We verify the following substances that are most likely to cause allergic reactions:
- Gluten in cereals (e.g. barley, oats, rye, wheat)
- Nuts (e.g. almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts)
- Mollusks (e.g. clams, mussels, oysters, scallops)
- Seafood crustaceans (e.g. crabs, lobsters, prawns)
- Milk and dairy products
- Sesame seeds
- Sulfur dioxide and sulfites (at levels above 10mg/kg or 10mg/L)
BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION
>> Grow your business and reduce exposure to risk
>> Build consumer loyalty and protect your brand
>> Gain confidence in your compliance with requirements
>> Save by combining allergen management certification with allergen management or food safety certification
>> Leverage NSF’s 70+ years of food safety and quality expertise